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From Matthew A. Foster to the Voters of Kansas City

Form letter from Matthew A. Foster to the voters of Kansas City in which Foster urges Kansas Citians to vote against bossism and the interests of John P. O'Neill, Tom Pendergast, and Joe Shannon. Foster asserts that "every name on the Republican Ticket is a guaranty of honest, efficient public service."

From Joseph B. Shannon to the People of Kansas City

Form letter from Joseph B. Shannon to the people of Kansas City in which Shannon provides a list and figures documenting the rise of crime and police brutality in Kansas City from 1921-24 with the police department controlled by Matthew Foster and The Kansas City Star. In the postscript, Shannon alleges that policemen were ordered to "pay monthly political assessments" and states that the past "four years of police administration cost the taxpayers of Kansas City $5,232,691.74."

From Inghram D. Hook to Ellison Neel

Letter from Inghram D. Hook to Ellison A. Neel regarding Neel's "forthright statement" in the Kansas City Star regarding the upcoming election. Hook writes that "the machine ... is on its way out."

From Hazel Autry to Ellison A. Neel

Letter from Hazel Autry to Ellison A. Neel asking for help after having her daughter taken away from her five months prior. She writes that after opening a bathhouse she was expected to make pay-offs, but later learned that the person collecting that money was not passing it along to "the 'man'," leading to her business being raided, being jailed, and her daughter being "put in a home." Autry writes that her daughter will not be released unless she pays a fee she can't afford, but that she has "worked on all elections ...

From Ellison Neel to Wallace I. Bowers

Letter from Ellison Neel to Wallace I.

From Ellison Neel to Frank Hollingsworth

Letter from Ellison Neel to Frank Hollingsworth, chairman of the Douglas-for-Judge Club. Neel recommends John T. Harding to give a speech, and recommends spreading the word that Pendergast is causing trouble amongst the Democrats "to try to help him gratify his spite and ill-will towards" Governor Lloyd C. Stark for not reappointing the local election board.

From Ellison A. Neel to I. N. Watson and Herman Langworthy

Letter from Ellison A. Neel to Mr. I. N. Watson and Mr. Herman Langworthy with strategy suggestions for a 1938 election. Among his suggestions are organized responses to opponents' statements and positions, having the Kansas City Star compile relevant editorial cartoons on one page so they can easily be passed around, and to convince prominent citizens to sign a particular statement.

From Ellison A. Neel to Albert P. Newell

Letter from Ellison Neel to Albert P. Newell in reply to Newell's letter of April 15. Neel writes that Kansas City is suffering in many ways "from the strangle-hold that has been obtained upon it by a bunch of men that operate a system that is primarily for their own benefit." He also writes that the machine has "more or less of a monopoly on all public work" and hurts local businesses.

From Charles L. Dunham to Ellison A. Neel

Letter from Charles L. Dunham to Ellison Neel in support of Neel's stance against the Pendergast machine in the press, and asking for recommendations for attorneys who are not Pendergast-affiliated, saying he "will not employ or recommend an Attorney except those who are enemies to the Pendergast outfit."

From Albert P. Newell to Ellison A. Neel

Letter from Albert P. Newell to Ellison A. Neel regarding Neel's statement regarding the Pendergast machine in a recent Kansas City Star. Newell writes that "it took great courage on your part to come out so flat-footedly against the powers that be," and states that he is confident the machine will be overturned.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Application Card

Application card for membership to "T. J. Pendergast Class" of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kansas City Aerie, No. 47. The card provides 18 reasons why one should join the organization; many of these include relief for when members are in financial need. The membership fee is $5.00.

Franklin D. Roosevelt at Municipal Auditorium

Photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking at the dedication of Municipal Auditorium, which also served as a campaign stop for his 1936 presidential run.